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Cute kitten - resident cat upset

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by RebStro, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. RebStro

    RebStro PetForums Newbie

    Nov 5, 2019
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    I'm wondering if anybody can give me tips or advice with my current situation. I'm a little stressed and pretty overwhelmed.

    My partner and I brought home a cute little kitten - 9 weeks old, male, blue, Ragdoll x Selkirk rex, he's full of mischief, his name is Rocco. We already had a 4yo Ragdoll, Loki. He's taking quite a bit of adjustment, he seems well - though annoyed, specifically with me, he's only eating his biscuits - and won't eat his wet food (which he did like clockwork before Rocco's arrival).

    I'll be very honest and say we didn't truly plan enough for Rocco's arrival, the whole process was pretty rushed and not logically or strategically planned out. Rocco spent his first 8 hours under the sofa - we're now on day 4 and he's settled in, he's not scared of anything and he's eating/sleeping/toileting well - he's had a couple of accidents (que my melt downs) but otherwise has used his litter tray. He's trying to engage with Loki - Loki is a pretty docile and laid back cat, he sometimes plays with Rocco, then other times wants to be as far away as possible. I'm trying to give Loki some space and kitten-free time but also encouraging them to engage when he is comfortable and more-so organically, when either one tries to engage.

    - They have played together and separately
    - We've played with them together and separately
    - There isn't any hissing or arching of backs
    - There is a bit of rough play - but both seem comfortable
    - Loki tries to be dominant, but is quite lazy
    - Rocco is cheeky and full of energy
    - Rocco is eating well
    - Loki seems well - is just not eating wet food as per his normal.

    Rocco doesn't seem to be worried about anything and really does seem to be settling in.

    My main worry is Loki not eating his wet food - will this go back to normal eventually?
    How do I ensure Rocco goes in his litter boxes? (I understand he may feel overwhelmed sometimes and accidents may happen)

    I'm probably overreacting, I just don't want Loki to get poorly with stress or Rocco to not get what he needs to develop. This will get better with time, won't it? :-(

    Any advice will be greatly received.

  2. Rufus15

    Rufus15 Banned

    Dec 4, 2015
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    The situation you're in is fairly standard, and you're encountering difficulties because your kitten is not well socialised and has been taken from mum too young. Lesson 1 - don't buy from a backyard breeder

    Loki is, understandably, put out that this small hurricane has invaded his home. You need to give them time to get used to each other. The fact that they will play together is a good sign and from what you've said there doesn't seem to be much, if any, aggression.

    To encourage Loki to go back to his wet, you could feed him separately with the door closed and give him some one on one attention with it.

    Most likely it will settle down. It's early days yet. I've just introduced a kitten a week and a half ago and they're only today starting to play with my resident cats.
  3. RebStro

    RebStro PetForums Newbie

    Nov 5, 2019
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    Lesson learnt, though Rocco to me seems far more advanced in play and within his own little personality than what Loki seemed to have when I got him at 12/14 weeks old. He really has impressed us with how independent he can be - he is absolutely fearless, and within these four days had adapted amazingly, we are supplementing his diet with milk - Loki also enjoys this as a treat, so that's a bonus.

    Loki has just been caught eating the kittens wet food - so I can only hazard a guess that Loki is feeling much like a child who thinks the other child is getting a better deal?

    I will try feeding them separately - the door closed helped a little last night so I might just need to be a little more patient.

    They really do rumble - I can see that it's just play with the occasional dominant show from Loki.

    Thank you, you've settled my anxiety a little bit, I guess we're just very used to having a very lazy ragdoll and the whole household has to adapt now.

  4. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Hi @RebStro and welcome :)

    A kitten of Rocco's age shouldn't actually need his diet supplementing with milk. He needs a wet food diet that is high in meat protein. if you want to feed any dry food it should ideally be limited to around half a dozen pieces a day in a puzzle ball or similar, so he has to make the effort to get it.

    Kittens have small tummies and adding milk to their diet fills them up, and prevents them eating a sufficient amount of meat protein, which is what they need to build strong muscles. If Rocco is hungry, better to give him more wet food and feed him more often. At his age I would feed 6 meals a day of wet food.

    If Loki prefers the kitten;s wet food to his own, let him eat the same food as the kitten. It won't do him any harm (unless he has some kind of medical condition that requires a special diet). But do feed Loki and Rocco separately, in separate rooms for now, and later on, give them their own individual feeding spots out of sight of each other. These can be in the same room, with one fed at floor level, one fed on a table top or shelf.

    It sounds as though Loki, bless him, is being very tolerant of Rocco, which is good to hear. I am sure things will work out for them to be pals. :)

    It would be lovely to see photos of Loki and Rocco if you have any to share? x
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